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/aves     hereapter,
and fides of fuch
Under penalet
upon importer, bay-
er, and fdllcr,

At a GENERAL ASSEMBLY begun and.held at the Capitol in the
City of Williamsburg, on Monday the 5th day of OIobr, in the
Year of our Lord 1778.
CH     A   P.     I.
dj* da for prevbntig the farthei importation of laves.
I. '7OR prevefiting the farther importation of flaves into this commonwealth, Be it enaliedby the Geheral
1: 4embly, that frorm and after the palling of this ad no flave or flaves Ihall hereafter be imported
into this commonwealth by fea or land, nor fhall aiiy flaves fo imported be [old or bought by any petfon
I. EVERY perfon hereafter importing flaves into this commonwealth contrary to this af hall forteit
and pay the fumn of one t.houfand pounds for every lave to imported, and every perfon felling or buyiag
any fuch flares fhall in like manner forfeit and pay the num of five huindred pounds for every Have f) fold
or bought, one moiety of which forfeitures llaU be to the tife of the commonwealth, and the other
moiety to him or them th  will fue for the fame, to be recovered by atiott of debt o' iufarmatiouia any,
court of record.

h..&r             111.-IlL  AND he it forther iradl, fla every flave importet6 it& this commotiWealth, contrary t46 the
pation of the flave,. true intent and meaniig of this ad.- iha f, upon luch impotrabon become free.

Except fucbflaves
as elaoig to eni-
grant   .from    11e
United State, tak-
irng a eertain oath,
or  Io   travellers,
carrying them   out
or come by defent,
dea'*fr, ormn.r'iage
ti fiuW1s, DWUners
Qf ./la ves reiding
in t.! United Slates.
27 Gco. 11. ch. 2.

IV. PROPDED always, that this ad (hall not be conftrued to extend to thofe who may incline to
remove from any of the United States, and become citivens of this, provided, that within ten days after
thei. removal into the fime the, take the fo)on'ing oath before rome Magiffrate of this commonwealth ;
I A. B. deofwear, that in remov.al to the/flat' ofVirginia ,was 'with no intention to evade the alforpreventing
the farther importation ofhlavej 'zith, tis  ovntmonqveathb, nor have I brought 'Oith me, or wuill caqft to be
bronght, anyftaues, auith an i:te.nt qffilfing them, nor have ny. of thef lamers noquin iny poeron Leen ivported
from Africa, or any of the Weft India .lands, .fnce the fit3/ day qf November r7 7 S o help rl; We d. 0Oi
to travellers and others, making a tranfient ftay in this commonwealth, bringing flares with them for
neceffary attendance, aoarryingthem out again.
V. PROVID ,D alfo,ln be tfaitrther enafled, that ihia a't flall not be conltrued to extend to peefons
claiming flaves by dcfcent, devife, or marriage, or to any citizens of this commonwealth being n(w the
aaual owners and proprito , of flaves reliding or being in any of the United tatm and TemoAing futh
laves into this commotwealth.
VI. .4ArD itifztrnalel, that fo mu-h ofan d of Affembly made in the year one thoufand feven
hundred and fifty three, entitled An aal.for the better qovermnent offrvants adftave,, as comns withi.
the purview of this ad fhall be and the fame is hereby repealed.

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